The Bright Side of Kratom

Kratom is a tropical indigenous plant commonly indigenous to Southern Asia especially Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Borneo where it has been grown and harvested for centuries and is part established tradition. In Thailand where it is commonly grown in the central and southern regions, Kratom has been in existence in the society for thousands of years and is used in traditional cultural performances as well as folk medicine. In fact it is estimated that more than 70% of the male population in Thailand uses Kratom on daily bases. Kratom has a scientific and it botanically goes by Mitragyna Speciosa. It is classified in the same family as the coffee (Rubiaceae) plant.

The plant may reach up to the height of 50 feet with a spread of more than 15 feet. The leaves of Kratom have been found to be evergreen and are constantly being shed during the dry season of the year, and replaced during the rainy season with a fresh leaf weighing on average 2 grams. Scientific research conducted on the plant have found more that it contains more than 40 active compounds including more than 25 active components known as alkaloids such as Mitragynine which was thought to be the primary active constituent. Those interested in conducting research can buy kratom online at websites. It is very important to know that Kratom should not be ingested, and those choosing to buy kratom for internet resources should be only using it for botanical and scientific research. Although there is only little known about growing the plant, It easier to grow in tropical climate as it is very sensitive to drought and frost, and normally requires very rich, fertile soil as it is described as a heavy feeder.

Kratom is used for medical purposes especially in Easter Asia where it is commonly used as either a substitute for opium or to moderate opium addiction. It is believed that the plant neutralizes the addiction to narcotics and is therefore a very important plant in the medical world for eliminating craving to narcotics. Kratom is widely sold on the market and in different types of Kratom, that is, leaves, powder and resin. Basically, the three different kinds can be used to make tea which is probably the tastiest ever, and with relatively no health risks.

In August 3, 1943, the Thailand government passed the Kratom Act 2486 prohibiting the planting of Kratom and barring possession of its leaves as well as demanding the cutting down of existing trees. This law was however found not to be effective since the tree is indigenous to the country. The Thai government however consistently tried to destroy the plant by burning forests or chopping large sections of Kratom forest down, although a large member of the citizens were opposed to this move arguing that eradication campaigns not only destroy the trees and the wildlife, but also destroy the Thai culture which has been there for centuries. As a result, in 2010, the Thailand office of the Narcotics Control Board proposed affirmed Kratom use as an integral part of Thai culture and concluded that since there is absence of health and social risks, then it would be unnecessary and counterproductive to prohibit the use of Kratom. As of October 2013, the justice ministry of Thailand suggested the removal of Kratom from the narcotic drug list, though still recommended regulating Kratom usage in other ways. In other countries like in the US, Kratom is not regulated by the united federal government while in Malaysia it is prohibited. The criminalization of Kratom has created barriers for research and in Thailand for example, the eradication campaigns have made it difficult for researchers to adequately research the medicinal benefits of Kratom.